DNA bill has hefty price tag

MPs say the costs involved in the implementation of the bill is too high.

A forensic investigator at the scene where a senior Johannesburg policeman's body was found outside Hammanskraal near Pretoria on 18 June 2013. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Police say implementation of the so-called DNA bill is expected to cost R 1.2 billion over a period of four years.

Committee chairperson Annelize van Wyk says this hefty price tag will cover the necessary information technology, both hardware and software, as well as training police officers to take DNA samples.

She said, "It's going to cost a lot of money to implement and we knew this from the start."

Once the Criminal Law Forensic Procedures Amendment Bill becomes law, it is expected to help the fight against crime.

Some opposition MPs have expressed concern over the cost estimates, but van Wyk said the price will be worth it in terms of the benefits to the country.

It provides for specially trained police officers qualified to take DNA samples and will also see a national DNA database being set up.

The bill must now go to the National Assembly for adoption.